This adventure is a full-day experience of hiking and paddling in two of Puerto Rico’s most visited natural wonders, El Yunque National Forest and Bio Bay.
Explore Bays, Rivers & More!
Bodies of water are abundant in Puerto Rico — it is an island, after all. Sure, you could stick to the beaches, but you don’t want to miss out on the island’s rivers, keys, reefs, lagoons, mangroves, lakes, and bioluminescent bays. With so many places to launch a kayak and paddle to your heart’s content, it can be hard to decide where to start. But with the right planning and some help from friendly tour operators, you’ll have your perfect Puerto Rico kayaking trip planned in no time.
If you’re staying in San Juan, your options may be a bit limited, but you can always head over to the beach resorts of Condado and Isla Verde if you’re craving some time on the water.
Most of the kayaking tours in Puerto Rico are well worth the travel time. In fact, Fajardo, the island’s boating capital, is located just 45 minutes from San Juan. Fajardo’s real gem is its bioluminescent bay, Laguna Grande. This bio bay is the brightest on the island, giving you plenty of opportunities to see the glowing organisms on a kayak tour. You’ll love paddling the long canal that leads to the lagoon, and then the light show begins!
If you just can’t get enough of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, visit Mosquito Bay in Vieques and La Parguera in Lajas to get your fill of the sparkling phenomenon. Vieques is a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico, so most kayaking tours there require an overnight stay. However, the beautiful mangroves and abundant wildlife make the journey worth the effort! La Parguera is a great option for travelers staying on the southwest side of the island, and it’s only two hours from San Juan. As the only bio bay that allows swimming, kayaking here comes with a bonus!
Other amazing kayaking destinations include Culebra, known for its secluded reefs, beaches, and keys, where you can snorkel from your kayak; and the south coast, known for having the best beaches on the island. And if you’re not on the coast, the island’s interior waterways are just as fun! Rivers and lakes abound. You can even kayak down a river in El Yunque Rainforest for the ultimate adventure.
While you can rent kayaks and explore on your own, it’s always best to take a kayaking tour to learn about the waterways in Puerto Rico. Tour operators like Kayaking Puerto Rico are familiar with the water, and they know how to give you a safe and fun experience.